Fourth of July Fire Prevention Tips from ServiceMaster DSI

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. It’s time to celebrate America’s independence and make memories for the future. Fourth of July, however, also brings fires to homes and businesses due to fireworks, fire pits/campfires, grilling, and other fire related celebrations. Here at ServiceMaster DSI, a fire restoration company, we see multiple residential/commercial fires come in around the Fourth of July. So, we want to offer some helpful tips that could help everyone have a happy and safe Independence Day.

Firework Safety

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, fireworks cause an average of at least 18,500 reported fires per year. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public firework show put on by professionals but if you are going to do your own display, below are a few firework safety tips to reduce fire damage to your home or business.

  • Always read cautionary labels and always follow firework instructions before igniting.
  • Always use fireworks outside in an open area.
    • Never light fireworks inside including a garage.
  • Only light one firework at a time and never relight a “dud” firework.
    • If a firework does not work, soak it in a bucket of water before throwing it away.
  • Make sure the person lighting the fireworks is a responsible adult.
    • Never be under the influence of alcohol and light fireworks.
    • Never give children fireworks.

Fire Pit/Campfire Safety

Often on the Fourth of July, Americans in the Midwest enjoy camping or sitting around a fire with their friends and family. Read the precautionary tips below to make sure your fire doesn’t turn into fire damage to your property.

  • Make sure your fire has an eight to ten foot radius from any flammable items including, property, tents, chairs, garages, aerosol cans, or anything that catches on fire.
  • If not using a pit from a store, make sure to boarder your fire by surrounding it with rocks, bricks or a metal circle. This will prevent your fire from growing.
  • Make sure there are no tree branches or brush hanging close above your fire.
  • Never operate a fire pit in a building or partially enclosed place.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher, water bucket or hose nearby in case a fire does get out of control.

Grilling Safety

Having a Fourth of July Cookout can be a lot of fun but be sure to read these grilling tips below so your fun doesn’t turn into the worst day of your life.

  • Grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Keep your grill at least eight to ten feet away from anything flammable such as your home/business, deck railings, awnings, tree branches, etc.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always clean your grill. Grease and fat can build up on your grill and cause a fire.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher, water bucket or hose nearby in case a fire does get out of control.

If you or someone you know has experienced a fire during Independence Day, call ServiceMaster DSI, the fire recovery experts at 844-413-3130. ServiceMaster DSI is open 24/365/7 even on the Fourth of July for any emergency disaster response.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *